Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Monday Miracle and Love for Yo Mamas

Guys. I spoke last night at a Women's banquet at the church where Cory grew up. And I didn't even fall into the ugly cry. What does this mean????? I was shocked. I got quavery a few times, but halleluyer, I might be getting a bit more stable when it comes to telling my story!

I was completely wrung out afterwards. Maybe it's an introvert thing? I don't know. When I got home last night, I only had enough energy to sit on the couch eating pie while Cory told me jail stories. I really love speaking. I'm the most wrong introvert in all the land. I told someone last week, "I'm an introverted people-person". That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

I shared about my bombshell family, and the way God keeps pulling us together in strange and wonderful ways. I always get a little nervous when I speak. I always think afterwards about things I wish I had said or things I didn't expect to say. It's hard not to do a little hindsight obsessing. But my prayer is always that God will be made known among us, despite my failings and the awkward way I stand at the podium. (But that's a whole nother thing.)

I dragged my friend Jolene along with me. She's my local Noonday Ambassador, a new friend of mine, and I'm just growing to really love that funny lady. She's my kind of people.

It's so fun to introduce the awesomeness of Noonday to the locals. I'm passionate about championing organizations that have amazing products and accomplish the broader goal of serving our global sisters in meaningful ways. Noonday just added a new tab to their site detailing the impact of our purchases in the lives of their employees. Win/Win/Win/Winning all the time!

Since I have yet another trunk show open, I wanted to give you guys the opportunity to order again. Think Mother's Day! :) If you do want to order, go here then put "Shannan Martin" in the section "Trunk Show Name" at the end.

I tried on a few more pretties last night. Hand to heart, I would wear every single thing Noonday makes. 

Aida Necklace

This is one that I keep being drawn to. It's made in Uganda and has a bit of a different look than the stuff I usually go for first. The colors are light and pretty and it has a delicate feel. Plus wood beads! It has wood beads. (My friend Erin will tell you that I've always had a fondness for wood-crafted jewelry.)

If you're having trouble narrowing down what you like best, please allow me to recommend All of the necklaces. 

Was that helpful??

I'm also digging these staple earrings, made in Peru. When I wear a wild necklace, I like to keep my earrings really simple, but I don't actually have simple earrings, so I usually default to naked lobes. These would fix that kind of scandal, but quick.

Cubed Studs, Gold

While I'm at it, my other love, fashionABLE has put together some fun bundles for Mother's Day, pairing one of their scarves with a Miriam Designs necklace. For one super-rad price,  your purchase will provide opportunity to an Ethiopian woman and a woman in the Nashville area, fighting her way out of a life of addiction.

This stuff is a no-brainer, which is exactly why I can't stop yammering about it.

Go here to order from Noonday and here for fashionABLE.

As for me, I have a luxurious day of grocery shopping and laundry before me. I get to hang with my littlest homeboy, who at the moment is busy hauling his "desk" from the basement up to his bedroom. We'll be listening to this cd all day, because the lyrics drip redemption and because Siley thinks Ellie is "so cute". (First crush, and it is a DOOZY!)

I think I'm making risotto for the second time in my life tonight. I'll keep you posted on that.

Happy Tuesday, Homies!


  1. I think I might also be an introverted people person. You're my twin.

    Also, Siley and Keeks need a play date stat. We seem to be dragging everything we own everywhere we go these days.


    1. A to the Men.
      I was just thinking about our Goodwill rendezvous yesterday.
      Why does the world continue to keep us so far apart????

    2. I think you both need to get your hineys to Idaho and come speak at a retreat or women's conference or something. For real.

  2. So much to tell you. First, I made your salsa Saturday. First time ever that I've used a "recipe" for salsa. It rocked. But then you already knew that because it's your recipe. Some friends had us over for dinner and the salsa plus s'mores ingredients were our contribution. When I told them it was FPFG's recipe, my friend died laughing...because the crock pot roast she made was your recipe too! It's official. You're taking over the world. Also, you have to read this article / post whatever. It will explain the whole introverts who love people and who love to speak thing. I have the same disorder. : )


  3. I bawled all the way home, thinking about my bombshell family that could be. You are such a gifted speaker, sister, and I don't know why that came as a surprise to me. Thanks so much for pouring yourself out in this new way.

  4. wish I could hear you speak someday! come to texas? and, I am an introverted people person, too! people never believe me when I tell them I'm an introvert, but MAN do I need a nap after church, a party, a conference, etc.
    risotto is dreamy. hope it turns out yummy!

  5. I am introverted and love people also. A lot of introverts do. I read that being introverted just means that you 'recharge' by being alone rather than gaining energy from being around people. So, it isn't that we don't like being around people but it just drains us (no matter how much we love/want to be around that person/people) and we then need time alone to recharge. Extroverted people find being alone draining and gain their energy from being around people. It really helped my understanding of my own personality to read this. So, don't worry, you aren't 'doing' introvert wrong! ha ha

  6. My mom is also an introvert people person. She's a college professor and has to stand up in front of students every day, which she loves, but she needs time to recharge after. Both my mom and boyfriend score off the charts as introverts while my dad and I are just as off the charts as extroverts. As my mom explains it (and as noted above), introverts need to recharge by being quiet and reflective and just peacefully coexisting silently. This would be you sitting on the couch and listening to jail stories. Meanwhile, we extroverts recharge with people and energy. This is why after a long day, my introvert boyfriend just wants to sit and decompress while I want to ask him no less than 1000 questions about his day. I have learned to let him recharge quietly and that he will offer up details when he is ready. It's a big plus that you recognize your special skills and needs based on your introverted nature.

  7. I want to follow you around and be your groupie. I'm still hearing the words you spoke a month ago.

  8. It is such a misconception that being an introvert means we don't like people, it is simply our brains work differently and we do need time alone to recharge. The comments above are wonderful in explaining that. I love people, but I need down time - it's that simple.

    1. Yes, I agree!
      I knew the meaning of "introvert", but I had the misconception (apparently!) that most introverts don't like public speaking. :)

  9. Jolene is the best! Love her. :)

  10. Pouring yourself out is just exhilarating and exhausting all at the same time. When I first started teaching Bible Study I had to come home and take a nap....every.single.time! I loved it, but it wore me out!

    Off to batten down the hatches ....more bad weather is headed our way. Unfortunately Risotto is not on the menu!

  11. all these things are why i love you

  12. I am completely introverted as well. But I love speaking and teaching and telling my story. There's a difference between talking to people and small talk chatting with people. I'm allergic to the latter, love the former. It's totally an introverted thing. And yes to the pie following public speaking-I usually go for cookies, but I think we're on the same page.

  13. I read the first three words, then had to dip my head to eat my massive salad (because french fries on a salad deserve to be eaten hot) and I thought "If she even says she didn't cry, I don't even know her anymore". So proud of you! And yes, the term I've coined for folks like you & me, is "Social Introverts". We're a thing.

  14. Introvert doesn't necessarily mean shy, it just means social interaction takes energy from you rather than giving it to you, which is why you need to recharge after. I am an introvert who likes to speak, too, and I can tell you I'm so much more tired after teaching than a run!

  15. Im totally an introverted people-person too. :)